What transpired next could have derailed the use of the Hurricanes' practice field for the 49ers and nearly led them to relocate to a facility further away with a safer surface.
Instead, officials with the Niners, NFL, Miami and other interested parties struck a deal to replace the field under certain agreed-upon circumstances, meaning San Francisco didn't need to relocate its entire operation elsewhere.
As for Hard Rock Stadium itself, a league official said, "Every year, for decades, we put in a new field at Super Bowl when there is a grass surface. That's standard."
None of the parties involved have commented, but a league official said a practice surface being replaced prior to Super Bowl week has happened in the past.
The response, sources say, was that Miami had taken a year to mold its own field and did not want it replaced. The team began surveying other potential locations for the team to practice and house its operations during Super Bowl week -- with Florida International and Florida Atlantic being two possible options.
At this point, local officials got involved and the resolution was reached: The field would be replaced and if The U didn't like it later, they could have it replaced to their liking.